Watch: White House Correspondents Dinner Awesome Spoof Of ‘House of Cards’

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The New Civil Rights Movement

The White House Correspondents Dinner featured an awesome spoof of the Netflix series, “House of Cards,” which features Kevin Spacey as the House Majority Whip, but also, cameos of John McCain, Valerie Jarrett, BuzzFeed’s editor Ben Smith, Steny Hoyer, Kevin McCarthy, New York City’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and Politico’s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen.

Congress’ Unfolding Tragicomedy

Yesterday’s walkout by Speaker Pro Tempore Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) when Minority Whip Steny Hoyer asked for a vote on the Senate’s payroll taxcut extension bill, was a mind boggling experience, to say the least.   What in the world are the GOP afraid of?   Oh,  President Obama’s re-election!

That scene will be remembered by many as symbolically representing the GOP’s “leadership” failure in the 112th Congress.

Mario Piperni

You would be forgiven if you did not know whether you should laugh or cry at the farce unfolding in Congress these days.  The latest is Republicans’ handling of the payroll tax cut extension which passed in the Senate but is being blocked by House Republicans – a performance so botched and ugly that it drew the wrath of the Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial board.

GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell famously said a year ago that his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure that President Obama would not be re-elected. Given how he and House Speaker John Boehner have handled the payroll tax debate, we wonder if they might end up re-electing the President before the 2012 campaign even begins in earnest.

The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play.

The WSJ makes a valid point, all the while hoping McConnell is successful in making Barack Obama a one term president.  Working on the premise that ‘if Obama wants it, it must be wrong‘, Republicans have opposed everything Dems have proposed whether or not it contradicts their own stated goals – in this case, tax cuts.  The end result of such foolish and irresponsible behavior is the sad display which took place in the House this morning.

The above video should be (and will be, I’m sure) front and center in the Democrat’s ad campaign next year.  What better example of Republicans’ mindless and juvenile tactics than the House Speaker ignoring Minority Whip Steny Hoyer this morning who asked for a vote on the Senate’s payroll tax cut extension bill. In place of simply denying Hoyer his vote, the House Speaker chose to walk away.  Dumb.

Someone suggested that in light of Republicans’ policy of doing the exact opposite of anything the President proposes, what would be the the right-wing’s response to Obama suggesting that leaping off tall building is hazardous to one’s health. Want to take a guess?

Politico’s: The Week In One-Liners

The week’s top 10 quotes in politics

“I’ll tell you one thing, if I was ever to run for president of the United States, I think the first thing I would do in the first debate is offer my birth certificate, so we can get that off the table.” – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, laying out her priorities. 

“This is President Obama’s hometown, and, I just figured, ‘when in Rome…’” – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in Chicago, dinging the president’s occasional teleprompter use as Barbour used one himself. 

“I believe in the Democratic process, but I don’t believe in craziness.” – D.C. Councilmember (and former Mayor) Marion Barry, opposing a proposal to change the District’s primary calendar. 

“You know, the First Amendment cuts both ways.” – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, explaining why he occasionally blocks journalists on Twitter. 

“God forbid I quote Charlie Sheen.” – Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, after coming close to quoting the infamous “winning” Sheen-ism. 

“I don’t like the crying. … I don’t understand it.” – Donald Trump, zinging House Speaker John Boehner for his flowing aqueducts. 

“He was campaigning with his five perfect sons, Dip, Chip, Rip, Zip, Lip, and Dip … and he goes to the diner, introduces himself to a family, and says, ‘What village are you from in New Hampshire?’ and then he describes the home he owns in their village.” – New York Times columnist David Brooks, poking fun at Mitt Romney. 

“I mean, what do you want him to do, stay in his house and be on the phone with the ambassador to Japan all the time?” – Former VP and avid golfer Dan Quayle, defending President Obama from charges that he plays too much golf. 

“[The Jews are] using their power, and they have power in every direction. … Power over the White House, power over Congress. … Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies.” – Helen Thomas, in an interview for Playboy, remaining consistent in her views. 

“With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer.” – Ann Coulter, providing an up side to the bad news from Japan by citing reports that some radiation exposure can be beneficial.

Friday Afternoon RoundUp

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Dems will vote on just middle class tax cuts, Hoyer says
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Deficit Commission Co-Chair Erskine Bowles Falsely Claims Social Secur..
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Some House Democrats urge GOP to reject their health benefits
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Get Wall Street out of the White House
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REPORT: Fox donates at least $40 million in airtime to potential GOP p..
Between January 1 and October 31 of this year, five potential Republican presidentia..

Malkin fudges facts in crusade against the Dream Act
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The Plum Line: LinkedIn responds to O’Donnell and Happy Hour Roundup

The Plum Line – Greg Sargent

LinkedIn has now responded to Christine O’Donnell’s claim that she had no role in posting her online bio, which falsely claimed she studied at Oxford. But right now, LinkedIn says, it’s not yet in a position to determine whether or not O’Donnell is telling the truth.

“We have taken the profile down. That’s all we are confirming,” LinkedIn spokesperson Shannon Stubo emailed me. “It was taken down in response to Christine O’Donnell’s request. This is not an acknowledgment that the profile was fake.”

To reiterate: O’Donnell’s campaign spokesperson didn’t indicate that the profile was unauthorized when I contacted her for comment last week, or when I contacted her yesterday before publishing.

* Also: When the O’Donnell campaign was pressed by a skeptical Associated Press reporter to answer why they didn’t challenge the veracity of the profile when I asked about it, the campaign declined to answer directly:

Asked Wednesday to explain why she did not challenge authorship of the profile when talking with Sargent, O’Donnell spokeswoman Diana Banister replied simply, “Ms. O’Donnell has clarified any questions about her education and the LinkedIn page.”


Happy Hour Roundup:

* Max Baucus throws down the gauntlet with all those outside groups flooding the midterms with cash, calling on the IRS to take a close look at whether they are in compliance with tax codes — and even hinting at a possible Senate probe. Keep an eye on this one.

* Brian Beutler breaks the news that House Dems have made it official: They will postpone the vote on extending the middle class tax cuts until after the election.

My understanding is that Nancy Pelosi wanted this vote, and was pushing for it as late as this morning as a way to make it crystal clear to voters who is on the side of the middle class. Majority Whip James Clyburn wanted the vote, too, I’m told.

But while Steny Hoyer wanted to extend the middle class tax cuts, he was sympathetic to Dems in marginal districts who argued that a vote would interfere with their efforts to localize the election. They claimed they could better push the issue on their own in their districts. In the end, though, all the leaders agreed that there wasn’t enough support in the caucus to hold it.

* And: Chris Van Hollen, addressing the postponed middle class tax cuts vote, vows Dems will “take the fight to the election.”

* Don’t miss Aaron Blake’s overview of the House map and the DCCC’s and NRCC’s ad-buying strategies.

* It’s not just Fox and MSNBC: Ben Smith makes an important point, acknowledging that even self-described nonideological news outlets at times inevitably function as “political actors.”

* Fox News, ever bashful about making itself the story, goes on a jihad against Obama for speaking the truth about Fox News.

* More proof of the “Charlie Crist crunch” I noted below: In a new CNN/Time poll, Marco Rubio has pulled away from Crist, 38-31 — because Crist is losing Republicans to Rubio and Dems to Kendrick Meek.

* AOL News asked the O’Donnell campaign about the Oxford/LinkedIn bio way back on September 15th, so O’Donnell’s people may have known about this for two weeks without claiming it was fake.

* Jane Hamsher defends the “professional left’s” attacks on Obama, claiming liberals haven’t really turned on him and that he’s merely enduring an unprecedented level of “detailed process scrutiny.”.

* And here’s the headline of the day: Dave Weigel has the full rundown on why liberals don’t like Rahm, in a piece called…

So Long, Jerk

What else is happening?

Cenk Uygur: If the Democrats Have Any Sense They’ll Make Social Security a Defining Issue for 2010

Crooks & Liars

Cenk filled in for Dylan Ratigan again and wrapped up Friday’s show with a spot praising the Democrats for finally looking like they’re striking the right chord with their latest political ad going after Republicans for their views on privatizing Social Security and handing the funds over to Wall Street with a few very huge qualifiers following that praise that I could not agree with more.

Oliver Willis: Yes, Let’s Go There

Oliver Willis:

Erick Erickson, of Red State and CNN fame, links to some stories of the attempted terrorist caught by law enforcement under Obama and juxtaposes it with a comment from Majority Leader Steny Hoyer discussing Democratic toughness and performance on fighting terrorism. Hoyer says “we’ve been more successful”, and Erickson asks “Does Hoyer really want to go there?”.

Sure, why not.

The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history was presided over by a Republican president. 9/11 happened on Bush’s watch, he responded to the attack by going to war in an unrelated nation, Iraq. Thousands of Americans died via terrorism under a Republican president. More than we have ever lost.

Sure, let’s go there.

I agree with Erickson and Willis, Mr. Hoyer, by all means, “lets go there”.